Odyssey

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Kingfisher Epics are action-packed retellings of classic tales and legends, with all the exhilaration and immediacy of their original versions. Magnificent black-and-white illustrations bring the heroic deeds depicted in these stories dramatically to life. These stories have enthralled readers for centuries, and Kingfisher Epics make them accessible to a new generation of children.

In The Odyssey—retold by Robin Lister with illustrations by Alan Baker—the Trojan War is over, and...

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Overview

Kingfisher Epics are action-packed retellings of classic tales and legends, with all the exhilaration and immediacy of their original versions. Magnificent black-and-white illustrations bring the heroic deeds depicted in these stories dramatically to life. These stories have enthralled readers for centuries, and Kingfisher Epics make them accessible to a new generation of children.

In The Odyssey—retold by Robin Lister with illustrations by Alan Baker—the Trojan War is over, and battle-weary hero Odysseus sets sail for home. On his way, he faces many dangers sent by the gods to test him. Can he outwit a one-eyed giant, a sly sorceress, and terrifying monsters? This fast-paced retelling will captivate readers discovering Homer's epic for the first time.

A retelling of Homer's epic that describes the wanderings of Odysseus after the fall of Troy.

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Lister retells Homer's classic epic about what became of Odysseus after the Trojan War. The book is not in chronological order, and it begins with Odysseus's stay on the island of Nausicaa with the Phaeacian lords. In chapters four to ten, Odysseus retells what happened immediately after Troy. He tells the Phaeacian lords about his encounter with many of the creatures famous from Greek mythology—the Lotus Eaters, the one-eyed Cyclops, the enchantress Circe, Hades, the Sirens, Calypso, the six-headed Scylla, and the man-eating whirlpool Charybdis. The final eight chapters tell the end of the story and Odysseus's return home. Meanwhile, his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus have been under siege from the suitors who believe Odysseus to be dead. The suitors insist that Penelope choose one of them to marry. When Odysseus returns, he kills the suitors, is reunited with Penelope and regains control of his kingdom. The book provides a look at Greek life and customs including marriage, war, and belief in the gods. While the book is able to stand alone for readers who are not familiar with The Iliad, it is general enough that it would not be for students looking for an in-depth study of Odysseus. It is part of the "Kingfisher Epics" series. 2004, Kingfisher/Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 8 to 12.
—Lynn O'Connell
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The greatest adventure story of all time, this epic work chronicles Odysseus's return from the Trojan War and the trials he endures on his journey home. Filled with magic, mystery, and an assortment of gods & goddesses who meddle freely in the affairs of men.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753457238
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Series: Kingfisher Epics Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 109,218
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Baker has illustrated The Odyssey and The Story of King Arthur, both published by Kingfisher. In addition, Alan created the popular and successful Little Rabbits series, which has sold over half-a-million copies in the U.S. Alan is a lecturer in illustration at the University of Brighton, England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    This version of The Odyssey is excellent for middle school reade

    This version of The Odyssey is excellent for middle school readers or struggling readers.  High action leads to high interest while staying faithful to the original epic poem.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2004

    ok book

    i thought this book was ok but i thought the iliad was much better

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